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Commitment and Critique: Contemporary Literature and the Political Imagination

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:39am
Blossom N.Fondo and Adamu Pangmeshi

It is an undeniable fact that indeed literature has moved from the realm of mere entertainment to one of commitment. Any survey of contemporary literature proves more than ever before that there can be no talk of "arts for art's sake". Hardly any writer who wishes to be taken seriously writes for the sake of writing or to entertain his readers. Entertainment has rapidly given way to commitment and today writers are interested in appraising the world in which they live and write and thereby imagine a better world for humankind. This has infused a political dimension into literature such that it is mainly concerned with a critique of the society. Thus literature today has come to occupy an important position as political discourse.

Commitment and Critique: Contemporary Literature and the Political Imagination

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:31am
Blossom N.Fondo and Adamu Pangmeshi

It is an undeniable fact that indeed literature has moved from the realm of mere entertainment to one of commitment. Any survey of contemporary literature proves more than ever before that there can be no talk of "arts for art's sake". Hardly any writer who wishes to be taken seriously writes for the sake of writing or to entertain his readers. Entertainment has rapidly given way to commitment and today writers are interested in appraising the world in which they live and write and thereby imagine a better world for humankind. This has infused a political dimension into literature such that it is mainly concerned with a critique of the society. Thus literature today has come to occupy an important position as political discourse.

Backward Glances: History, Time, Memory, October 29, 2016

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 11:28pm
National Chiao Tung University / The English and American Literature Association in Taiwan

24th Annual Conference of the English and American Literature Association in Taiwan

Theme: Backward Glances: History, Time, Memory

Conference Organizers: English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China (EALA, Taiwan) and National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Date: October 29, 2016
Venue: National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Call for Papers (Due February 1, 2016)

New website "Why Social Theory?" Seeks Contributors

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 5:54pm
"Why Social Theory?"

The Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky is excited to announce our forthcoming project, the website "Why Social Theory?"

This site is designed to become the premiere source for scholars on the subject of Social Theory. As part of the website, we are designing a compendium of key terms, theorists, and schools of thought.

We invite contributors to produce entries for the website. These should range from 250 to 750 words and include references. Entries may cover a particular term (intersubjectivity, spatiality) theorist (Foucault, Marx, Judith Butler) or school of thought (postcolonialism, neo-Marxism, queer theory).

Special Issue (Fall 2016): Globalizing the Province: Rethinking Place and Scale

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 1:17pm
The Global South

At a time when discourses of globalization, world literature, and planetarity are promoted as "transcending" the local, what happens to those spaces that attempt to resist the purview of such globalizing impulses? For this issue, the editors invite papers that interrogate literary, political, and cultural representations of "local" spaces and communities, as well as other zones of underdevelopment more broadly. We are especially interested in essays that focus on local, regional, and provincial cultures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that are shaped by, but elided from, the perspective of the national and transnational.

"Chat with an Editor" at the MLA Convention, Austin, January 8–9, 2016

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 11:04am
Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ)

MLA members—especially junior faculty and graduate students—are invited to meet with a journal editor to discuss their writing for academic publication. This is an invaluable opportunity to develop your scholarship by meeting with editors from some of the top journals in the discipline , including Contemporary Literature, Modernism/Modernity, MELUS, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Verge: Studies in Global Asias among others.

CFP African American/Black Studies 2016 SWPCA conference EXTENDED DEADLINE

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 10:12pm
Debbie Olson

CFP: African American / Black Studies Area

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
37th Annual Conference, February 10-13, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
http://www.southwestpca.org
Proposal submission deadline EXTENDED: November 15, 2015

Proposals for both panels and individual papers are now being accepted for the 37th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, Feb 10-13, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. International submissions are welcome.

Call for Chapter Submissions for a Book on the Politics of Healthcare in America

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 6:17pm
Aaron Ogletree

Politics of Healthcare in America: Current Perspectives is a proposed book, to be edited by Aaron Ogletree, exploring the political, social, and economics forces that shape health care in the United States of America. This book welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners in any disciplinary field that whose contribution can deepen the understanding of how readers will view health care. The book is aimed at a wide audience including those who work in healthcare, academics, policymakers, and professional organizations, as well as general readers.

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